Category Archives: Gotham Sleaze

Review: The Long Dark Road

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Fans of death metal or just heavy rock need to check out The Long Dark Road, the new band from Jeremy Cavan that mixes classic death metal sound with melodic rock, creating an interesting album that will keep you engaged and guessing. The passion project of Cavan, The Long Dark Road tells his story, one that is full of sorrow set to traditional death metal chords as well as catchy choruses that come and go throughout this album. As I mention in my full review, I think I may have just listened to my first death metal opera!

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Jeremy Cavan – Guitars/Vocals

Rufus Cavan – Bass

Toby Cavan – Drums

Vanin Feral – Guitar


Self-titled (release date April 8th, 2017)





Review: Marty McKay’s New York City Dreams


Marty McKay is back with a follow up to his last album, Sin’s Disciple, and this time he’s focused on the greatest city in the world: New York City. Set to release in February (with videos on the way) you can expect an end-to-end trek from arrival to New York to finding love to going insane, because that’s just what happens here! Seriously, people are insane, it’s the best…



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Marty McKay


New York City Dreams (February 2017)





Video Review: Two In The Pink and I Like Sluts



Since 1998 these self-proclaimed “scumbags” known as Savage Henry and The Infamous One Pounders have shocked audiences with their in-your-face rock and roll. They have recently released a new album titled Get Off Easy that I reviewed at (click to view) and checked out their videos for “Two In The Pink” and “I Like Sluts.”

“I Like Sluts” is easy on the eyes so you know, soft-core porn type video. Very low budget which I’m a huge fan of. You wonder about the guy under the mask, either he has money or is Ron Jeremyesque…or maybe just a rock star! “Two In The Pink” sticks to the low budget, but is more of a live show and what a fucking show it is! So many asses shaking and the crowd is insane – where is this happening, I really wish I was at this show.

Check out the video for I Like Sluts here and Two In The Pink here.





Savage Henry – Lead Vocals and Lead Guitar

El Macho – Guitar and Background Vocals

Trmirez Tremirez – Bass and Background Vocals

Mr. Pink – Drums and Background Vocals


Get Off Easy (2016)


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Video Review: American Bride By TALIA


TALIA is a lively trio from Paris that have released three albums: Cockroach Killer (2008), Permanent Midlife Crises (2013) and their most recent, Thugs They Look Like Angels (2016) which features a video for the song “American Bride.”

The video begins with a bride on the floor, down for the count. Oh wait, she’s getting up, oh I see, this is one of those “we are showing you the final scene now let’s see what happens in reverse” type videos.

The bride is getting beat up, bad. Interesting story line and the bad acting is working for me. Meanwhile the band is playing on stage with a very liberal use of old-school special effects.

Back to the scene: The guy that was doing the beating is drinking (before he beats her, remember, reverse). Not saying that’s an excuse. Okay the guy just dragged the bride in and strapped her to a chair with barbed wire. Oh, he poisoned her (tip/note to self: easier to drag someone and strap them in barbed wire if poisoned). Now we see the opening seen where the bride-to-be cheats on the groom, hence the poisoning, barbed wire and beat down – totally understandable.

P.S. The beat down is not understandable only the poisoning and barbed wire.

P.P.S. Okay, the poisoning and barbed wire is also not acceptable.

P.P.P.S. You know what, just don’t get engaged.

Read the full review of Thugs They Look Like Angels at here.

Check out the video for “American Bride” here.



[Video Review] Black Canvas by Chameleon Technology


“Black Canvas”, from the EP by the same name, was created by Max Histrionic, a Californian one-man band that plays very aggressive, in-your-face rock.

The video opens with a hot sleepless girl who appears restless. It doesn’t take long to get weird as a weird magic dude shows up, wakes her and gives her a pill. Remember kids: Drugs Not Hugs!

She is now on her feet and is directed by the weird magician through a doorway and into a tunnel that may take her to another dimension, or is just a short-cut through a sewer, we will never know. She ends up in a wooded area that is definitely not Central Park. She continues to navigate the woods. Hey, where did those shoes come from? Note to director: should have been heels – tall fuck-me heels!

Weird magician dude is now wearing a black mask and I have no idea where this is headed, but I know I’m all in now!

She is led to her own dead body…not cool weird magic dude!

It’s okay though it was all a dream, or was it – she’s holding flowers when she wakes in her bed. To be continued!

Check out my full review of the EP at here.

Check out the video for Black Canvas here.

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The Broken Guru Review and Interview

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Any band with the motto “I Don’t like my future” is usually right up my alley and Broken Guru didn’t disappoint. This trio, from Queens, New York (Rich Guerzon, Ray Fiero and Christy Fiero), has a new album that hits rock and roll at its core. (Review coming soon!) I was lucky enough to have this band discuss their new album, their writing process and of course, favorite drinks!

(Examiner): Let’s start with your new release Bent Up Halo, how does it feel to release this album?
(Broken Guru): It is a very rewarding feeling to see an idea come to fruition. The whole process from writing the material, rehearsing, recording, mixing, mastering, designing the CD art and then replicating is time and energy consuming. Seeing and hearing the final product is beyond words.

Your sound is classic, yet unique. Who are your influences?
We are influenced by anything that has happened since the Gregorian chant. I have lived on a healthy diet of Beatles, 60’s garage rock bands like the Sonics, current retro 60’s band like the Silversun Pickups to name a few. Our life experiences are our true influences.

I really like “Plight of Imemine”, but maybe that’s just because it is the first track and caught me off guard. What tracks are your favorites and are there any particular tunes you are looking forward to playing live?
‘Behind The Mouth’ and ’28 Cents’ are our most unique songs. I love performing the more aggressive songs like ‘Got To Be Mean’ and ‘Like A Whore’ live, just because of the energy they create.

What was the writing process for this album? Does the hook/chorus come first or melody or just ideas?
As an artist inspiration comes from a variety of sources. When I am inspired I try to let the ideas out without over thinking them, whether it’s a riff, melody of lyric. Then it’s like a puzzle, let me try these to ideas together. Some songs happen fast, while others take longer. The process is be free, don’t hold back, break all the rules, experiment, be you.

Let’s shift gears; you are a New York City band. What is your favorite NYC neighborhood?
NYC is one big neighborhood for us. We have lived here all all our lives, so it’s like our backyard. We enjoy Greenwich Village, Soho, the East Village, Dumbo and Williamsburg. There is so much going on at one time, you just have to decide what interest you. As a band we probably do spend more time in the East Village area, performing or checking out other bands.

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Meet Broken Guru, a Jane’s Addiction meets White Stripes bastard child from Forest Hills, Queens, New York City. Their self-released album, Bent Up Halo, is a mix of garage, psychedelic and classic blues rock. Note that this is a trio, and true to point, most rock trios are pretty awesome. Judging from the video for “Behind The Mouth” this band is made up of a “cool” member, resident “bad ass” and the mysterious one. Okay, yes, the drummer (Fiero) is the mysterious one.

The first track, “Plight of Imemine”, hits you in the chest with Izzy Stradlin like guitars and vocals that live up to the their psychedelic label. Take away the top layer and you have yourself a slice of groovy rock with a modern spin pie. Also, the song clocks in under 2:30 – that’s a punk attitude at it’s best! The second track, “28 Cents”, gets sexy dangerous and then you listen to “Monster Inside” and start to realize this album is just getting better and better.

Check out the full review of Bent Up Halo at

Whitesnake Bites Back


Here’s a new video from a blast from the past, Whitesnake. Verdict: The hair stands the test of time!

Whitesnake have just released another music video from their twelfth studio album. You remember Whitesnake, right? The band with the classic “Here I Go Again” video where I think we can all agree Tawny Kitaen was sexy, but never super hot. The video had three keyboards, sex on a car and did I mention the three keyboards?

The video for “Soldier Of Fortune” comes from The Purple Album. The candlelight let’s you know “we’re slowing it down a bit for this one folks.” What is there to say here, I mean just look at Coverdale’s hair! Actually look at the whole band – I feel like I’m watching an infomercial for Wen hair care products…

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